Last Friday the ICC Prosecutor, Luis Moreno Ocampo, briefed the Security Council on the status of the ICC’s investigations and prosecutions in Darfur, Sudan. This appearance is required twice yearly under the terms of the Security Council Resolution that referred the situation in Darfur to the Court in 2005.
In his report, Ocampo emphasized the non-cooperation of the Sudanese government since early 2007. This withholding of assistance violates the decision of the Security Council that Sudan must cooperate fully with the Court. Ocampo requested that the Security Council take measures to ensure the compliance of Sudan with its international obligations.
The United States has repeatedly stated its commitment to ensuring Sudanese government cooperation with the Court in the fight to prosecute the perpetrators of atrocity crimes in Darfur. A summary of the position of the US government in regards to the ICC is here. Photo Credit: UPitt Law School